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Newcastle vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on August 28, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to Newcastle’s St James Park in the Premier League early kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies have enjoyed a mixed start to the campaign and have yet to win in the Premier League this season. However, last time out Steve McClaren’s side earned a very creditable goalless draw at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, with Dutch ‘keeper Tim Krul the star of the show pulling of a number of excellent saves.

When will Kieran Gibbs get some game time for Arsenal? 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has struggled for game time this season, with the defender having racked up just 17 minutes of football in all competitions. He’s made a substitute appearance in the Community Shield and Premier League, but hasn’t been able to dethrone first-choice Nacho Monreal from the backline.

The Gunners lock horns against Newcastle United this weekend, but Gibbs is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up given the form of his Spanish counterpart. Arsenal have having somewhat of a defensive crisis, with both first-choice centre-backs out of action, but they have cover in the form of Calum Chambers and Gabriel.

Wenger admits a late deal is possible 2

Posted on August 27, 2015 by David Nugent

With less than a week before the transfer window closes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may make a late move in the transfer market to strengthen his squad, after making just one signing this summer in the shape of ‘keeper Petr Cech.

Asked at his press conference on Thursday if he was confident of making more signings, the veteran French boss said: “At the moment, I cannot say I am very confident because we are not close to signing anybody.

“I don’t know because I am always confident that a last-minute situation or solution is available, because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four or five days.

No new signings on the horizon for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the side aren’t close to bringing in any new faces this summer, but did hint that it could take until the end of the transfer window for them to add to the squad, saying: “I am always confident that a last-minute situation or solution is available, because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four or five days.”

Welbeck to return after international break 0

Posted on August 27, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Gunners forward Danny Welbeck should be set to return to the Gunners squad after the international break, with the forward currently recovering from a knee injury.

The veteran French boss stated in his Thursday conference: “Welbeck is progressing well and should be back after the international break.”

Welbeck has yet to feature this season, after managing 31 appearances last season in all competitions and scoring seven goals. Despite the number of appearances last season he faces stiff opposition to get back into the Arsenal starting line-up this season.

Why Arsenal’s Theo Walcott could start against Newcastle 1

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has some difficult decisions to make ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game away to Newcastle. Theo Walcott, 26, is competing with Olivier Giroud for a starting place in attack, and could give the Londoners a different dimension in what could be a tricky afternoon at St James’ Park.

The Magpies have some momentum, with an impressive goalless draw against Manchester United preceding a 4-1 win against Northampton in the Capital One Cup, so they are sure to give the Gunners a game this weekend. As a result, the Londoners need to get it right with their starting lineup, and Walcott might be the one deserving of the nod from Wenger.

Should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start more games for Arsenal? 2

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced off the bench in the Gunners recent 0-0 draw against Liverpool, but was given just nine minutes of action to make a difference. He’d shown signs of promise earlier in the campaign, which led to him being given extended game time on the pitch, but is now being made to settle for a lot less.

His brief cameo against Liverpool followed another substitute appearance in the Premier League against Crystal Palace, but Arsenal really need him at the moment. Results haven’t been convincing in recent weeks, and a more direct attacking threat could well be the remedy.

Arsenal draws Tottenham in Capital One Cup 0

Posted on August 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been drawn away at bitter-rivals Tottenham in the third round of the Capital One Cup. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger usually uses the competition to blood youngsters and give players game time.

However, it seems unlikely that Gunners fans will want the veteran Frenchman to do that against their arch-rivals, even if the competition is very low on the clubs list of priorities this season as always. The Gunners are still just odds of 8/1 to win the competition, despite their lack of interest in previous seasons.

Is Gary Neville right to criticise Mesut Ozil’s lack of goals? 0

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were held to a draw at home to Liverpool on Monday night, with the visitors thwarting wave after wave of attacks from the Gunners in the second-half. In tight games, individual brilliance often be the difference between a draw and all three points, but Arsenal just didn’t have the cutting edge.

Mesut Ozil in particular was singled out by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville for shirking the responsibility to score late in the match. “(Ozil’s) a fantastic player, but does he take responsibility for his team-mates? No. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mesut Ozil take responsibility for the rest of his team. I’ve seen him have good games, where he passes the ball well, gets involved and gets assists but doesn’t get enough goals,” he said.

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: Enthralling draw at the Emirates 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Liverpool played out a highly entertaining draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, with Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech in inspired form between the sticks. It was a game of two halves, with Liverpool dominating the first-half, while Arsenal dominated after the break.

The visitors started the game very strongly and should have gone ahead through Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho. The Belgian international latched onto a low cross, but saw his point blank effort thwarted by the former Chelsea goalkeeper, who was outstanding all evening.

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